Finding Community In Catastrophe

The last few months have not been easy for our country. Every few weeks it seems like there is some incredibly tragic event grabbing hold of the headlines. Then, just when it seems like things are calming down, something else awful happens and the cycle begins again. Yet, lost in the modern day 24 hr news cycle and appetite for sound-bite media are the stories of heroism, family unity, and community.

Catastrophe has sparked community action in hundreds of different ways. In the aftermath of a hurricane, racial tensions are soothed by random acts of kindness. In the chaos of a deadly shooting, complete strangers transport the wounded to the hospital in their personal vehicles when ambulances cannot keep up. In the widespread darkness of a long expected power outage, families gather and neighborhoods organize themselves to check in on the weak and the elderly.

For those of us at a considerable distance away, we send relief. We send our prayers, we send our resources, we send people, and we send hope in every way we can imagine. You see, there is something about catastrophe that reminds us at a gut level that there is good and evil in this world. Humans are motivated by love, kindness and generosity. Our hearts are moved when we see and experience sacrifice.

What an opportunity we have before us! You see these moments of community unity are flickers of what God really intended for us to be. Political battles, ethnic struggles, and class warfare are a result of sin on the earth. We serve a Savior who loves to see His people take action. When disaster strikes, God's people can be a light in a dark place. When individuals find community in catastrophe, let that community built around the love of Jesus. Let us not relent! Let us not be idle! Why? God's heart bleeds love for every man, woman, and child in harms way, and ours should too.

Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen. Galatians 1:4-5

Pastor Milo


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